Waikiki legend, world wayfarerBy Harold Morse
Babe' Woollett dies at 92
Sophisticated and witty, Walter Babe Woollett, was a legend in Waikiki and a popular wayfarer around the world.
Woollett, 92, longtime aviator and Canadian Airlines executive, died Monday at his Colony Surf residence.
He was born in Rochester, Kent, England, and was a Hawaii resident nearly 40 years. His son, Charles Chips Woollett, here from Vancouver, Canada, described his father as a person of humor and humility. He was loved by many here in the travel industry, he said.
Walter Woollett had a myriad of interests and countless friends.
He was a man who walked among common men and royalty, his son recalled. He was very instrumental in putting together the British polo team.
His long service to Canadian Airlines earned him a reputation of helping build an airline that tied together the world from Europe to Australia.
Woollett joined the Royal Air Force in 1924, resigning his commission in 1929 to become a bush pilot in Canada. He was involved
with mining exploration and mapping in northern Quebec and Labrador and also made mail runs.
He joined Canadian Airways in 1932. Later, he completed an instrument flying course at a Royal Canadian Air Force base, then joined Dominion Skyways as operations manager.
In World War II, he and a partner organized air observer schools across Canada. For that wartime service, British King George VI awarded him the Order of the British Empire.
After the war, Woollett became manager of Canadian Pacific Airlines, Eastern Canada, transferring to Australia in 1949. He later worked to expand its service to Southern Europe. Among awards received, one from Spain recognized his help in developing trade between that nation and Canada.
Woollett served the airline in Hawaii from 1954 to 1957 as superintendent of South Pacific operations. He again came to Hawaii in 1962 as district sales manager, after service as assistant to the vice president in Montreal.
Woollett stayed with the carrier -- which over the years changed names from Canadian Pacific to CP Air to Canadian Airlines -- until his 70th birthday in 1976, retiring as director of community affairs.
He also is survived by an older sister, Nora Woollett, 97, in England, and a grandchild.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Hawaii.
Carter Nott helped writeStar-Bulletin
R. Alex Anderson song
Carter Nott, of Ginger Hill, Kealakekua, Hawaii, a retired jewelry designer with Nott Co. who with songwriter R. Alex Anderson helped write the song I Will Remember You, died May 22 in Kona Hospital. He was 78.
Harry B. Soria Jr., long an aficionado of Hawaiian music, said the song first was sung and recorded in 1941 by Napua Stevens.
It is not the same song as the I'll
Remember You written and recorded much later by Kui Lee, and also recorded by Don Ho.
Nott was born in Honolulu to parents Eloise Wichman and F. Dickson Nott, both of kamaaina families.
He attended Stanford University and was an Army officer in World War II.
His wife, Barbara, preceded him in death.
He is survived by sister Gretchen Gould and brothers Frederick D.K. Nott and Robin Olds.
Services will be private.
Donations in his memory may be made to an organization or charity of the donor's choice.
Tofi T. Ah Van Jr.,82, of Waianae died May 21 in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in Leauvaa, Western Samoa. He is survived by wife Sialavai; sons Tovio and Tanuli; daughters Sue Penitusi, Lina Tau, Lucy Penn, Matalega Tuinei, Atoniga Faafiti and Rosalina Lafua; brothers Paulo and Meni; sisters Mata Mapuana, Anna Gray, Matalega Hodges, Sami William, Mena Kerr and Anastasia Sharland, 36 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Services: 3 p.m. Sunday at Waianae Samoan Congregational Church, 86-130 Puhawai Road. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Benjael C. Benny Carino,78, of Ewa Beach, a retired heavy equipment mechanic for Dole Cannery, died May 26 in Kaiser Hospital. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Isabel P.; sons Daniel, Roland, Reynaldo and Ben Carino Jr. and Dominador Cabantog; daughters Lorraine Dapar, Rebecca Donaldson, Rowena and Evelyn Tano, Elizabeth Locquiao, Lourdes Barbieto and Eustacia Madeira; brothers Antonio and Julio; sisters Pauline Ballesteros, Edralin Austria and Aurora Blaza, 41 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Wake services: 7 p.m. Sunday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday at the mortuary. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Anita Chun Choi,94, of Wahiawa died Saturday. She was born in Korea. She is survived by daughters Mary Ann Choy, Evelyn Choi-Shon, Barbara Takashige and Eugenie Higuchi; sister Nina Chun-Lau, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Private services.
Robert F. Ensminger, 75, of Honolulu, also known as Bobby Roberts, a retired railroad engineer, died April 19 in Honolulu. He was born in Pennsylvania. He is survived by sons Robert Ensminger Jr. and Thomas Edward; daughters Carolyn Jean and Alicia Wenner, and sister June Taverna. Private services.
Hatsuyo Funamoto,83, of Honolulu, a retired self-employed doll maker, died Friday in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. She was born in Fukui Ken, Japan. She is survived by husband Thomas T. and son Raymond T. Services: 6 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 5 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire. No flowers.
Mary T. Hata,79, of Honolulu, an employee of Carol & Mary and InterPacific Hawaii Retail Group, died Wednesday in Kuakini Hospital. She was Born in Pasadena, Calif. She is survived by husband James G. Morihara; daughters Susan O'Connor and Marylou Foley; son Peter H. Hata; stepdaughters Karen Chow and Liane Konn; stepson Sonny Morihara; sister Midori S. Onaga, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Celebration of life: 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. Clement's Episcopal Church, 1515 Wilder Ave. Aloha attire.
Wai Chew Lee,87, of Honolulu died May 28. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by wife Katherine; son Wayne; daughters Anita Silva and Janice Santos; sister Alice Lum, nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services: 1:45 p.m. Monday at Diamond Head Mortuary. Call after noon. Burial: Diamond Head Mortuary.
Edward Leong,92, of Honolulu, a retired city worker, died Wednesday in Kaiser Hospital. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by brothers Herbert and Ahnee, and sisters Mabel Abili and AhQuon McElrath. Private services.
Rebecca Mahoe,71, of Waianae died last Friday in Wahiawa General Hospital. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by sons Charles Jr. and Charles III; daughters Charlotte Matapua, Agnes and Susan Mahoe, Frances and Rose Molioo, Julia Baclaan, Joan Hillen, Linda Segovia and Renee Scandlin; brother Henry Luka, 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services held.
James Marr,31, of Kona, Hawaii died last Friday in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in California. He is survived by mother Linda; father Dale Hersh; grandmother Christine Blomo, and sister Cynthia Dahlberg. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Sunday at Hawaii Big Game Fishing Club at Honokohau Harbor. Scattering of ashes to follow. Aloha attire. Flowers welcome.
Sylvia C. Medeiros,69, a professional pianist, died May 28 in Santa Rosa, Calif. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by son Alexander M.; daughters Patti Bickford, Maureen Cruze and Georgia Cruz; sisters Gwenfred L. Aken, Thelma Copp and Loretta Silva, seven grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Private services.
Virginia N. Nazer,85, of Honolulu died May 23 in Hale Nani. She was born in New Hampshire. Memorial services: noon Aug. 2 at First Methodist Church. Donations suggested to the church.
Ernesto Quevido,81, of Aiea, who retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Supply Center, died May 28 in Kapiolani Hospital at Pali Momi. He was born in the Philippines. He is survived by wife Florence; sons Ernie, Alan and Gary; daughters Nina Burkert, Ivy Abafo, Rita Newcom, Charlotte Pagaduan and Lorene Alexander, 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Mass: 7 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Church, 99-312 Moanalua Road. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Prayer services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mililani Mortuary-Waipio, mauka chapel. Call after 8:30 a.m. Burial: Mililani Memorial Park. Casual attire.
Carl S. Robertson,67, of Makakilo, a retired employee at Hickam Air Force Base, died Tuesday at home. He was born in Oakland, Calif. He is survived by wife Abbey; sons Curtis, Carl Jr., William and Elton; brothers Charles, Miles and Donald; sisters Nellie Robertson and Elizabeth Botelho, and seven grandchildren. Services: 7 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Services: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Call from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Burial: Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery. Casual attire.
Thomas Rosa,81, of Aiea died May 21. He was born in Hilo. He is survived by wife Pajita; daughters Sharon Moy, Elaine Ablog and Nadialyn Rosa; sisters Nora and Jane Jenks, and two grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Nuuanu Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Pearl City. Call after 9 a.m. Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.
Hua Da Ruan,37, of Honolulu, an auto mechanic, died Friday in St. Francis Hospital. He was born in China. He is survived by wife Rui Zhi; son Edward Jun Xian, and daughter Melissa Jie Tong. Buddhist services: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Borthwick Mortuary. Burial: Hawaiian Memorial Park.
Joseph Big Joe Santos,71, of Haiku, Maui, who retired from Kahului Trucking and Storage, died Monday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Olinda, Maui. He is
survived by wife H. Harriet; sons Jordan and Michael; daughters Charlene Sakamoto, Joanne Santos and Donna Pico; brother Herbert; sisters Marie Tavares, Eva Vares, Dorothy Pastana and Myrna Santos, and 13 grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass: 10 a.m. Thursday at the church. Call after 8 a.m. Burial: Makawao Veterans Cemetery.
Mildred Y. Shiraki,83, of Honolulu, a retired store manager for Kuni Dry Goods, died Saturday at home. She was born in Honolulu. She is survived by husband Raymond N.; sons Michael N. and Reed T.; daughter Susan C. Hoe, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services: 8 p.m. Monday at Hosoi Garden Mortuary. Call after 7 p.m.
Janet Simon,82, of Aiea died May 25 in St. Francis Hospital. She was born in New York. She is survived by daughter Leslie Hayashi. Private services. Donations suggested to the Hawaii State Library Foundation.
John E. Steele Jr., 71, of Honolulu, a retired merchant seaman, died Sunday in Queen's Hospital. He was born in Luzerne, Pa. He is survived by wife Caroline; daughters Hope Goodwin and Heather Steele, and brothers Robert and Gilbert. Graveside services: 9:30 a.m. Monday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Punchbowl. Casual attire. No flowers.
William E. Stimmel,75, of Kailua, president of Stimmel Architects Ltd., died May 25. He is survived by companion Sheila; son Christopher; daughter Catherine; brother C. Howard, and sister Marjorie Forrey. Private services. No flowers. Donations in his memory suggested to a charity.
Chieko Tarumoto,90, of Honolulu is also survived by brother George Yamanaga. The additional information for an obituary published Tuesday was provided by the mortuary.
Leo A. Wolfe,60, of Waipahu, a retired auto mechanic, died Sunday at home. He was born in La Rue, Ohio. He is survived by former wife Nani; sons Christopher L. and Jerry J.; mother Helen; brothers Ron and John, and sisters Agnes Rose, Ann Cantrell and Linda White. Memorial services on the mainland at a later date.
Raymond A.S. Ah Chow Yap,68, of Paia, Hawaii, manager of Yamaha of Hawaii, died Tuesday in Maui Memorial Hospital. He was born in Haiku, Maui. He is survived by wife Alice H.; sons Raymond A.S. Jr. and Richard D.; stepson Richard Goles Jr.; daughters Delilah Mae Yap and Sheri Lee Franco; stepdaughters Rosalind Canite and Bernadette Knight; sisters Rose Mark, Maud Hee, Mew Lang Pickford and Lorraine Brown; 19 grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Services: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nakamura Mortuary. Call from 6 to 9 p.m. Casual attire. No flowers.
Hideko Betty Yoshimura,82, of Honolulu, who retired from Hawaiian Telephone Co., died April 26 in Queen's Hospital. She was born in Hilo, Hawaii. She is survived by brothers Shingo and Howard N., and sisters Mitsuko Yoshimura and Carol K. Nakamura. Private services.